Wolves coach Sam Mitchell didn’t mince many words after this loss. Thursday’s 96-84 loss to the Heat (the final score doesn’t indicate how one-sided this one was) was a big step back for youngsters like Karl-Anthony Towns (3-for-13), Andrew Wiggins (5-for-18) and Zach LaVine (1-for-5).
Mitchell lamented that his team responded to a difficult shooting night by abandoning the game plan, not making the extra pass and trying to do everything one-on-one.
“The young guys, the have to learn how to play,” Mitchell said. “They have to figure it out. We have to give ‘em a chance. They have to learn from these times. It’s not that we have a game like this. So we had it. My biggest hope is we learn from it.’’
Here are some reactions to the game:
--It might have been because of the off-night so many of the Wolves players were having, but Mitchell’s rotations tonight were a little difficult to figure out. He went with the second unit for too long at times, in my opinion. By the time the game was over Ricky Rubio had played less than 24 minutes and the bench had played the lion’s share of the minutes and scored most of the points.
--Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins combined to shoot 8-for-31 tonight. Towns was a minus-21 in just over 22 minutes of playing time. Wiggins was a minus-17.
--Bright spots? Well, Shabazz Muhammad scored 14 points with six rebounds off the bench. He showed a lot of energy. Kevin Martin, the team’s leading scorer, had another 14 off the bench tonight. Gorgui Dieng had 10 points and six rebounds with two steals in 26 minutes.
That’s about it, folks.
--Adreian Payne scored his first points of the season tonight, and Andre Miller saw his first minutes of the season.
--Dwyane Wade showed that, when healthy, he still can bring it. He’s scored 20 or more in all five Miami games this year, and he was on tonight, with 25 points.
That’s about it for tonight. Have a good weekend.